This image is of the beautiful bride Kristina Nash and is the cover image for my new website www.ldstempleweddings.com. This background effect wasn't created in Photoshop....it was done out of necessity because of the environment that was present on her wedding day. They were married at the Newport Beach Temple and we went down to Laguna Beach afterwards to do their couple shoot.
Well, a THICK layer of fog rolled in, but due to it being mid-day the sun was still fighting to get through. By knowing how to expose for this situation and by using my flash we were able create this image...she was actually standing on top of a rock at the beach for me to get this angle. Later on we had their Reception at the Christmas House Inn and Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga.
Brides, make sure to hire photographers who know what they are doing for your wedding day. It DOES make a difference...:)
(Not disparaging newer photographers. If you are new, get some experience under a mentor before you start shooting paid weddings)...:)
Camera settings: Nikon D3, 1/125 sec at f/22, 28mm at ISO 800, flash fired. Taken at 3:45pm.